Jennifer Gay Summers

Author | Journalist | Blogger | Inspirational Speaker

ADHD and Neurodivergent Parenting Advocate

Would you like to be empowered as a parent, build a more meaningful connection with your child, and have tools to help them better succeed in the world?

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I’m the mother of a neurodivergent child and a writer, and do not offer medical or professional advice. If you have a question, please contact your licensed health care provider.

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“I dwell in possibility.”
-Emily DickinsonMy July newsletter will be coming out on Monday, filled with resources and tips to find a summer camp for your neurodivergent child. There’s a guide, checklist, and important advice from @additudemag and @impactparents blog. It’s not too late to find a good camp if your child struggles with mental health challenges and sensory overwhelm. Take it from me-and my story of a camp that surpassed my expectations, turning out to be a perfect fit for my child’s obsession with reptiles. Link in bio to subscribe to my newsletter.#adhdmom #additudemagazine #summercamp #adhdparenting #neurodiversemom #specialneedsmom #adhdawareness #adhdsummercamp #adhdsupport #momblogger #adhdblogger ... See MoreSee Less
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“People think I’m odd, so I know how it feels to be different, and I know how lonely that can be.”
-Beauty and the BeastA quote that so many people with mental health challenges feel. Social anxiety, the fear of rejection for being different, and overwhelm can make loneliness even more profound. It was heart-wrenching the day my child, who struggled with the consequences of having ADHD, told me that the elementary school library was a safe place to hide out at recess all alone, rather than put up with being teased by her peers on the playground.Since so many mental health challenges are invisible, we often don’t know when a child or adult is struggling. #Cheerupthelonelyday is a great way to bring attention to what some people are calling an epidemic of loneliness. If you know someone who’s lonely: call, text, or reach out with kind words or a hug. Just a small gesture could make a big difference in their lives!#mentalhealthmatters #cheerup #mentalhealthawareness #neurodivergentmom #adhdsupport #adhdmom #neurodivergentparenting #loneliness #lonlinessquotes ... See MoreSee Less
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Summer school can pose a huge challenge to kids with ADHD. Back when Lee was a teenager and considered it, the thought of fitting a semester’s worth of learning into just a few weeks seemed like a recipe for failure. But, the trade-off of one less class in ninth grade won the day, although that meant accepting help from me, not easy for my headstrong, independent kid. In this blog I wrote for ADDitude magazine when Lee was about to start high school, we find the unexpected rewards of summer school’s #adhdblogger #additude #summerschool #schoolanxiety #adhdmom #adhdparenting #adhdteen #momblogger #specialneedsmom #adhdsupport Photo credit: Freepik ... See MoreSee Less
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Putting on my advocacy hat today for PTSD Awareness Day, a condition many children with ADHD share. Recent studies show that just having ADHD puts our kids at a significant risk for PTSD. I can still remember the heartbreak I felt when my child was bullied at school for being impulsive and the awful trauma that set in.Awareness and early intervention can help. Just understanding these conditions can lead to better treatment and support which is critical when a child is suffering.For more info, go to link in bio for an excellent article from ADDitude magazine on this topic. #neurodivergentmom #mentalhealthsupport #adhdparenting #PTSDAwarenessDay #ptsdandadhd #adhdkids #adhdtrauma #mentalhealthmatters #neurodivergentparenting ... See MoreSee Less
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Another wonderful book signing at Zibby’s Bookshop last night with Jessica Fein @feinjessica who wrote, “Breath Taking: A Memoir of Family, Dreams, and Broken Genes,” in memory of her daughter who died of a rare degenerative disease. Her courage, resilience, and wit touched my heart as she shared her story with Linda Sivertsen, a.k.a. Book Mama. @linda_sivertsen is also at Zibby’s tonight at her own book signing for Beautiful Writers: A Journey of Big Dreams and Messy Manuscripts—With Tricks of the Trade from Bestselling Authors,” showcasing interviews from many literary greats.Both of these authors have so much insight to offer, and I was so happy to share in their evening!#writersday #writersinspiration #ilovebooks #jessicafein #authorevent #booksigningevent #beautifulwriters #zibbysbookshop #lindasivertsen ... See MoreSee Less
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I’m excited to share my new newsletter, which includes tips, strategies, and resources for parents, grandparents, caregivers, or anyone raising a neurodivergent child. In my bimonthly newsletter, you’ll also find my recently published works and news about my upcoming memoir. If you’re interested or know someone who might be seeking support, see the link in the comments to subscribe. The next newsletter will be out in July. Sign up today so you don't miss it!#adhdmom #specialneedsmom #neurodivergentmom #adhdblogger #mentalhealthsupport #neruodivergentparenting #adhdresources #authornewsletter #specialneedsresources ... See MoreSee Less
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